Blackbeard, if not a native son of the Bath area, was an adopted son with blood relatives living in the area. He had the trust of the local families. He organized a core of about 20 men from the Bath area. The majority of these men were connected by blood.
I, like many others, mourned the passing of John Lennon in December, 1980. Not unlike those sad times, Levon Helm of the The Band, passed today, and like the musical promise of John Lennon, unfulfilled, he will be missed for all he accomplished.
The new year, 2011, rolled around and while one may well wonder - will the the Turnage Foundation their financial ship - one could be at least thankful for the wonderful shows booked for presentation later in the year.